Are you taking advantages of all of the tools available at your real estate investors club?

Bernadette Trafton, Chief Connector  Good morning folks…I’ve been wondering if you’ve been taking advantage of all of the tools available at YOUR real estate investors club, Boston AREIA?  I thought, well…sometimes people don’t know what they don’t know.  They don’t know what’s available or how to use it.  So, that’s what today’s blog post is about.  I want to make sure you are using all that is available from our vendors to our Board of Advisors and to show you what you get as a member of Boston AREIA.  Have you seen our testimonial video on top of the membership page?  Check it out! 

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Joe Craft, CPA

One thing that we don’t know until we know it – One of my mentors and someone I consider an absolute Tax Guru Joe Craft, always told me that to maximize the tax laws, you need to own a home based business, especially as a newbie real estate investor, because unless you meet the qualifications of working in your real estate business for over 750 hours, there’s many deductions you aren’t allowed to take.  I wrote a blog post on why Joe Craft thinks everyone should own a home based business.  Read it now!  But, more importantly contact Joe.  He is an expert at saving people money on taxes.  He co-wrote a book called “It’s not how much you make that matters, it’s how much you keep that matters the most!”  He has helped me and many of my real estate investors keep a lot of my money over the years.  You can reach Joe directly at , the only thing I ask is that you let him know that I sent you.  He treats everyone with respect, but, if he knows that I referred you, he will take special care of you.

Jenn Kiely, Send out Cards

So, many of you have seen Jenn Kiely at the meeting talking about Send Out Cards.  What most of you don’t know is that Jenn is a real estate agent as well as an investor.  She and her mentor Annie Trajlinek in Send Out Cards have shown me how to use the system to work probate, FSBO’s, out of area owners and expired listings and more using the system they have.  At first I thought, ok, this is an awesome way to keep in contact with members, then I started using it in my real estate business and my open rate more than doubled!  Then, I started using it for home and family.  Do you know I never forget birthdays or anniversaries anymore because the system sends me a reminder more than a week before someone’s birthday?!  And, you can send gifts too!  One of my friends sent a birthday card and a $10 Walmart gift card to her nephew the other day and she never left her house!  I’m so excited about how it helps me in real estate, I’m going to ask them to do a marketing training on how to use the system so everyone can double their open rate.   You can contact Jenn at to ask her questions about the service.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

Kim Harrington and Peg Graveline

Kim and Peg

This will be the last one I go over, lest I lose your attention for a too lengthy blog post.  I don’t want to do that.  Many of you have met Kim Harrington and Peg Graveline of Northeast Capital Investments.  You’ve heard them talk about how to buy and sell notes and make a decent profit.  But, did you know that they are kind of my unofficial Boston AREIA real estate mentors?  Bring them deals and instead of earning a finder’s fee, they will partner with you and teach you about the process and you will earn while you learn!  How cool is that?  You don’t know what you don’t know.  If you want me to connect you with these guys, let me know.  Just email me at and I will make a connection via email.  They are 2 savvy ladies AND they want to help you get your deals done and make the most money possible.

Ok…we of course have other resources we have member benefits and discounts up the wazoo for being a member of Boston AREIA.  And, we have an incredible group of services, vendors and advisors who will help you save money while you are creating wealth.  Let me know if you want to connect with anyone in real estate or more, I know everyone from hard money lenders to mortgage pros to lawyers and more.  I will happily make a connection.  And, check back when I highlight some of our other services and benefits.

Make it a great day and happy investing!


Bernadette Trafton, Boston AREIA Chief Connector,





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